DIFFERENT generations came together to share skills and learn from each other as a school met up with a care home.

Independent Romsey school, Embley, held the event at Woodley Grange Care Home, as part of their community classroom activities.

Children from Embley were involved in coming up with activity ideas to share with the residents, resulting in a rewarding first session at Woodley Grange, which is part of the family-run care home group, Manucourt Ltd.

During the session, Embley’s history students enjoyed learning about the lives of the residents and discussed the generational differences in their childhoods.

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Embley’s headmaster, Cliff Canning, said: “Embley is proud to be part of a strong and sharing local community and we regard links with and service in the community as a natural dimension of learning. Each week, we are taking our classroom out into the community where pupils can share their skills and learn from others, as well as undertake new responsibilities.”

Hampshire Chronicle: Woodley Grange Care Home and Embley Park

This is the first of many sessions, with further meetings planned with the school’s art, music and drama scholars.

The next event will be held later in May, where Embley’s art scholars will run two 30-40 minute resident workshops, focusing on flowers.

The first session will be observational painting of flowers with watercolours and the second will be creating origami flowers. This activity is ideal for stimulating the brain, strengthening fine motor skills, as well as being great for well-being. The residents are also looking forward to being entertained with recitals and performances from the music and drama scholars.

Hampshire Chronicle: Woodley Grange Care Home and Embley Park

Woodley Grange’s registered manager, Liliana Macieira, said: “We’d like to thank the students and staff from Embley. The residents have had a great time sharing their experiences with the children. We can’t wait for them to come back for the art, music and drama sessions. It is great to see the children and the residents benefitting so much from the shared experience and new friendships.”

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